Colorado Rockies: Five players to watch as Spring Training opens
2. Michael Saunders – OF
In attempting to shy away from the strange offseason the Rockies seemingly had, the next player on this list is none other than Michael Saunders. Thankfully, Saunders joins an already crowded outfield. Nevertheless, in a platoon role, Saunders could provide the much-needed pop, especially in Coors Field.
Throughout his career, Saunders has never been a flashy player. He is probably one of the least flashy players in baseball. In the 13-year career for Saunders, he carries a .232/.305/.397 slash line, striking out at a 25.9% clip and responsible for exactly a 0.0 WAR, almost impressive in its regard.
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Still, Saunders heads to Colorado on a minor-league incentive laden contract, which does not harm the Rockies. In the best years of his career, Saunders has produced solid numbers. In 2016, he slashed .253/.338/.478 with a .348 wOBA and 119 wRC+, along with 24 home runs.
Doing his best to replicate the production, as well as replicating the production in Coors Field gives Saunders a legitimate shot at breaking camp with the big league roster. At the very least, Saunders will provide left-handed hitting depth as Gerardo Parra, and most likely Carlos Gonzalez, will not be returning to Colorado this season. Keep your eyes on Saunders as we move through spring.